By Rebecca Zamer/Joe Cingrana
Just 20 minutes after being born, this newborn giraffe at the Dallas Zoo remarkably stood up and began walking!
Second-time mother Chrystal gave birth to her 5 foot, 9 inch, 130-pound calf after a long two and a half hours in delivery.
In a post to their followers on Facebook who were anxiously awaiting the birth, the zoo says "This impressive little one was standing, walking, and nursing all within 45 minutes of delivery!"
The two are now privately bonding and within the next few weeks the gender will be revealed by zoo staff on social media. In the meantime, baby and mother will spend their days with lots of cuddles, nuzzling, and nursing and the calf will slowly be introduced to the other nine giraffes in the herd.
LEGGY BABY: We’re sharing this with our Instagram followers FIRST (now, that's love) – meet our newest giraffe calf born on April 25 to second-time mom Chrystal! This 5-foot-9, 130-pound #giraffe calf arrived after a long two-and-a-half hour labor. WATCH video of the birth and learn all about this baby’s beautiful delivery. --Direct link's in our bio!-- #zooborns @zooborns
A post shared by Dallas Zoo (@dallaszoo) on